Is Ashley Trierweiler the new all-time hits queen of Carlmont softball?
You make the call.
A bunted ball between the pitching circle and home plate. A speedy left-handed batter dashing down the line. Some wicked backspin and a bobbled barehanded attempt by the pitcher. The runner is safe at first.
Is it a hit or an error?
Carlmont’s leadoff hitter since her freshman season, Trierweiler entered into Thursday’s regular-season finale having amassed 192 career hits. The Carlmont all-time record was set in 2000 by Janelle Yousef with 194.
This much we know for certain. Trierweiler is, at the least, currently tied for the program record. She opened Thursday’s 12-9 win at Aragon with two hits in her first two at-bats — a scorched triple that one-hopped the right-field wall in the first inning, followed by a groundball with eyes through the right side of the infield in the second.
After the left-handed hitting Trierweiler produced a sacrifice bunt in the fourth, the sixth-inning at-bat was interpreted two different ways: as a hit by Carlmont’s official scorekeeper Jamie Trierweiler, and as an error by Aragon’s official scorekeeper Marianne Tuakoi.
“We know how much speed she has and she easily beats that out,” Carlmont head coach Marco Giuliacci said. “I think it’s a hit. The girl bobbled it. But she still beat it out.”
Aragon interim head coach Trisha Davidson saw it differently.
“I would say error because I think if [pitcher Holly Fletcher] grabbed that — the ball was spinning a lot — if she had gotten a good grab on that, I think she would have gotten her out,” Davidson said.
For the record, Jamie Trierweiler — Ashley Trierweiler’s mother — said she deferred to Carlmont’s coaching staff before recording it as a hit. Tuakoi, on the other hand, has been working as Aragon’s official scorer for three years and said, definitively, she was not going to change scoring the play as an error.
If it’s a hit, it is No. 195 of Trierweiler’s career, making her the outright Carlmont hit queen. If it’s an error, she needs one more, which she can still accrue in the Central Coast Section playoffs.
But whose call is it ultimately?
According to NCAA softball rule 4.6: The host team … shall appoint and identify (at the pregame meeting) an official scorer for each game. The official scorer shall … [h]ave sole authority to make all decisions involving scoring judgment. The scorer shall be objective and shall score for both teams in a similar manner.
High school scorekeeping is not an exact science though. And, while Aragon, as the home team, reports statistics to the league office, statistics — historically speaking — have been cataloged differently from team to team. Yusef’s 194 career hits for Carlmont were likely recorded by Carlmont scorekeepers, regardless of home or away games. And Trierweiler’s career hits total is cataloged on MaxPreps.com, with the results there uploaded by Carlmont, using Carlmont’s scorebook, regardless of games being home or away.
With Thursday’s win, Carlmont clinched the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division championship outright. The Scots now move on to the CCS playoffs, where at Sunday’s meeting they will likely be allotted their third straight bid to the Open Division tournament.
“We’re Carlmont,” Giuliacci said. “We belong in Open Division.”
Postseason games do count toward a player’s statistics, so any hit Trierweiler gets will put her over the top as the program’s undisputed all-time hits leader.